Hatfield is located in the centre of Hertfordshire. Conference delegates from London can reach Hatfield by rail in less than 25 minutes with regular services from King's Cross, and the City is less than 45 minutes away from Hatfield by train from London's Moorgate station.
London Luton Airport is the nearest airport and is within easy reach via the A1(M) or M1 (J10) motorways. The A1(M) (J5 from the north and J4 from the south) and the M25 (J23) both serve Hatfield making the town easily accessible from many parts of London and the UK.
The Hatfield Business Park is housed on what was the former site of the renowned Hatfield Aerodrome, formerly home to de Havilland, Hawker Siddeley and later British Aerospace (BAE). Some of the most famous aircraft were made in Hatfield including the wartime Mosquito and the Comet, Britain’s first jet airliner. The park is now the main base for big names in British business, such as Ocado, EE, David Lloyd and Computacentre. Hatfield is also the home of the University of Hertfordshire (UH); there are two campuses: College Lane and, adjacent to the business park, the de Havilland which holds the well established and leading business school as well as being home to the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. The two sites are less than one kilometre apart and are connected via a network of paths and cycle routes. There is also a handy shuttle bus service.
Hatfield is rich in history which is particularly evident at internationally famous Hatfield House home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury; the Old Palace, set in the grounds of the more recent Jacobean house, had been owned by Henry VIII and he used it as a home for his children Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. The grounds are open to the public almost all year round and the House and Palace are usually open from Easter until the end of September. Hatfield House provides year-round conference and meeting facilities.
Hatfield has become one of Hertfordshire’s great shopping destinations with its two-storey outlet centre The Galleria situated just off the A1(M) at J3 or J4; providing added interest and convenience for visitors to its many meeting venues. Here, shoppers will find over 80 individual outlet shops including brands like Nike, TK Maxx, M&S, Clarks and Waterstones in addition to a range of popular restaurants and a 12-screen Odeon cinema. As well as The Galleria, Hatfield has its own traffic-free town centre where the majority of shops are independently owned.